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DJI takes delivery drone to global market
- January 16, 2024
- Steve Rogerson
Chinese company DJI is putting its FlyCart 30 (FC30) delivery drone on the global market.
This drone overcomes traditional transport problems with its large payload capacity, long operation range, reliability and intelligent features. It can let mountain, offshore or emergency rescue transportation be performed more efficiently and flexibly.
“From agriculture to construction management and surveying, DJI’s industrial-grade drones have transformed industries by improving safety for workers and productivity for businesses,” said Christina Zhang, senior director at DJI (www.dji.com). “We are optimistic that FlyCart 30 will become trusted for aerial delivery, solving complex terrain and terminal transportation problems efficiently, economically and, most importantly, safely from the air.”
The FC30 (www.dji.com/global/flycart-30) uses a coaxial four-axis, eight-blade, multi-rotor configuration with carbon-fibre propellers. It can achieve a 20m/s maximum flight speed.
When in its dual-battery configuration, it can carry a 30kg payload for 16km. In its emergency single-battery configuration, the payload capacity increases to 40kg for a distance of 8km. DJI O3 transmission maintains a stable connection between the drone and remote controllers up to 20km away. Dual operator mode allows control to be transferred between two pilots in different locations with a single click.
The drone has IP55 protection, can operate in temperatures from -20 to +45˚C and can fly in winds up to 12m/s. The standard propellers are optimised for altitudes from 0 to 6km and support flight up to 3km with a 30kg payload. Self-heating batteries maintain performance even in low temperatures.
Built-in redundancies and intelligent safety features help ensure safety throughout operation. Before takeoff, it evaluates flight route viability based on environmental conditions, and ensures pre-take-off safety through audio-visual prompts and by delaying propeller launch.
During flight, the dual active phased array radar and binocular vision systems enable all-weather multidirectional intelligent obstacle sensing, day or night. The built-in ADS-B signal receiver gives timely warning of nearby crewed aircraft. In emergencies, an integrated parachute can deploy at low attitudes and land the drone stably, protecting people and property.
The drone folds down for easy transport in a standard-sized vehicle.
In cargo mode, payloads are placed in a 70-litre case that has weight and centre-of-gravity sensors to improve balance and safety. In winch mode, payloads are carried by a winch crane for delivery to areas without convenient landing sites. The winch system includes a 20m cable that can manually or automatically retract at 0.8m/s and can carry 40kg. AR projection assists accurate placement of goods by indicating the projected landing point. During flight, the FC30 can intelligently adjust its flight attitude, automatically reducing cargo swing.
The DeliveryHub systematises aerial delivery with operation planning, status monitoring, centralised team resource management, and data collection and analysis. It also supports live viewing through the drone’s high-resolution FPV gimbal camera.
The Pilot 2 powers manual flight, and displays real-time flight status, cargo status, and more for safe and efficient operation. In extreme weather or other abnormalities, it alerts operators of risks and supports alternate landing site management.
The DeliveryHub and FC30 support integration with external cloud platforms or payloads, enabling adaptation to a range of applications.